Monitor Says 42 Killed In Israeli Strikes In Syria This Week

Israel Prepares for Iran Attack With Bomb Shelters as Trump Calls Off Nuclear Deal

Israel has called on the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general to condemn Iran's attack on its positions in the Golan Heights, occupied and annexed by Israel.

The war of words followed the worst face-off to date between Israel and Iran. The Observatory said at least 15 were killed in the strike, eight of them Iranians, including a member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.

In total, 42 people, including 19 Iranians, were killed over two days of strikes - from Tuesday to Thursday - according to the Observatory. Israel has warned it will not tolerate its archenemy Iran establishing a military presence on its doorstep.

The Israeli military published pictures Friday of what it said was an Iranian Quds Force compound in al-Kisweh, south of Damascus, and an "Iranian logistics compound" 10 kilometers northwest of the capital.

Iranian officials and their allies have spoken of securing a corridor from Iran to Lebanon, through Syria and Iraq. Israel however, which has always been concerned about Iranian influence in the Middle East welcomed Trump's decision.

Israel had already acknowledged launching more than 100 airstrikes in Syria since that country's civil war broke out in 2011.

Tension has been building.

Syria blamed Israel for the May 8 strikes that hit near the capital. In February, Israel shot down an Iranian drone that entered its airspace, triggering a clash in which an Israeli warplane crashed after being struck by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

Thousands later demonstrated across the country to protest Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "The Iranians declare their intention to attack us".

Tehran has not completely walked away from the nuclear deal, since the Europeans are still participating.

Although slogans of "Death to America" were few, many Iranians are sincerely angry over the USA decision to withdraw from the deal and are siding with hard-liners who long have warned to be suspicious of the West.

Putin is giving Israel a free hand against Iran in Syria.

It shouldn't be forgotten that Turkey is seriously concerned about what its government has previously described as the "terror corridor" that the US is setting up in northern Syria through its sponsorship of militant Kurds, and President Erdogan reminded everyone that his military is prepared to possibly launch another operation into the Arab Republic in the near future, so any uptick in troubles in the US-Turkish relationship might play out in this proxy battlefield.

But unlike Israel and its Arab neighbors, the two countries have never had a direct confrontation.

Is the Mideast sliding to an all-encompassing, ruinous war?

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But if they do escalate, the region could face one of its worst cross-border conflicts in decades, one that could potentially drag in the United States, a major ally of Israel, and Russian Federation, which is Syria's mightiest ally.

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